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PT job so far

I must say the universe has been kind to me. Since the acquisition of this part time job happened so quickly, I was concerned that it might too much for me. Especially when the training schedule was not conducive to my day job.

I survived last week. The job itself is not rocket science. It does get a little repetitive and fast paced at times. But nothing I couldn’t handle. Plus by the time it starts to get to you, your shift is over. Three hours goes by fast, especially when most of it is busy.

“Training” lasts 5 weeks. During this time shifts will not be longer than 4 hours. Next week’s schedule was released yesterday and I am only working 2 shifts, Friday 5:30-8:30 and Saturday 4-7.

I will not be getting rich from this schedule but at least it does not interfere with my day job and I can get to work out 4 days in the gym this week. Attempting to work out in the morning was unsuccessful last week. So the ability to get back to what works is making me happy. I never thought I would miss working out. I’m sure I will eat those words tomorrow night on the treadmill.

Other than that life has been relatively uneventful. Just the way I like it.

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Got to do better

I need to add one more thing to my “resolutions” list of things to do better. For the past 5-6+ weeks, I have been having trouble getting to work on time. So far, no one has said anything and I do stay later to make up the time. But I’d like to get it under control before someone says anything to me. Also the earlier I get to work (read on time), then the earlier I can go to the gym and take my sweaty self home.

I have one more boot camp class tomorrow and then it is over!! I feel a little bad, as we require 4 people to have another session and 3 out of the 4 of us are not interested in signing up right away. My coworker who wants to go again is disappointed that no one else wants to continue. 2 of us are over it and the other is away for most of next month so it makes no sense for her to sign up right now.

My coworker is trying to get me to commit to starting in back up in March but I just can’t. I don’t enjoy the trainer that much and I have been able to convince myself to get into the habit of going to the gym every day by myself. Not sure what I will want to do in 6 weeks, but right now it’s a no for me.

Now I just need to make some food as I ran out and ended up buying lunch on Friday. 😦

Resolutions …

It was not my intention to make any resolutions this year, as I figured I would only fall off the wagon and it would be demeaning and uninspiring.

Case in point, I am trying to get my late night eating under control and set an alarm on my phone to go off at 7:45 pm to remind me to stop eating. Well … last Tuesday I was sitting down to dinner at 9 pm. 😦 In fact every day so far this year, I did not hit 8 pm at all. Rather than beat myself up over this “failure”, I have chosen to instead focus my attention on the 4 days I made it to the gym after work; including one day when I left my desk at 6:40 pm. Since I usually spend about an hour at the gym, I didn’t get home until after 8.

I am not removing my reminder, just adjusting my expectations. If I am having supper after 8, I will try to make better choices; lean protein and veggies for the win.

On the food front, I am aiming to bring my lunch to work every day. This is going well. Cooking on Sunday is working for me. Having said that I did not cook today, so we shall see what effect, if any, this has on my lunches this week. I  have leftovers for tomorrow and meat marinating so I should be able to stay on point.

The other change to my life that I am implementing is working out every day after work. This I am nailing by the way!! 🙂 As long as I bring my gym clothes to work I have no excuse not to workout. The gym is in the building. I don’t even have to go outside.

My cousin bought some body weight workout program over the holidays and has been graciously sharing the pages with me. They have tided me over while our boot camp was on holiday hiatus. We have 3 classes left and once this session is over, I don’t think I will be signing up again any time soon. I am getting in the habit of getting myself to the gym, so I don’t need the outside help right now.

OK, time to take myself to bed, as tomorrow’s workout is going to be tough.

On to the next task

So I think I am getting the fitness part of my life under control. I now need to focus some attention on my eating. Everyone tells me that weight loss is 80% what you eat. And while I am not eating “bad” food per say, I am eating a lot more than I probably need to.

To combat this I will get back to taking my lunch to work. By the time I eat, I am usually rather hungry and want ALL the food. The café at work provides lots of healthy options, which is what I stick to. But I tend to get a lot.

My meal planning has been slacking lately. It doesn’t help that my girls don’t tend to eat at home much anymore. Or when they are hungry they are more likely to order pizza than eat out of the fridge. I think if I cook, they will eat. So on the menu this week is pasta and meatballs and BBQ ribs, not diet friendly but family favourites. Also a modified tomato and cucumber salad. If all works well these should keep us fed for the majority of the week.

I still have to put some thought and energy into making smoothies. I know once I get the hang of it, I’ll be making them all the time. It is just to get started. If I was more on the ball, smoothies would definitely fix my what to have for breakfast questions every morning. If you have any good combinations, I’d love to hear about them.

10 classes done!

My first boot camp session is completed. My body is sore but I am feeling good. And I have signed up for the next session.

Since that doesn’t start until next week, I surprised myself by accompanying my team mate to the gym for a quick workout. We did not push ourselves too hard but managed to hit every muscle group. I rather enjoyed getting a light sweat on after work. This might become a regular thing.

All around life is good. I am in search of a part time job as I really think it’s time to do my kitchen renos and I would prefer to pay for it in cash. My BFF has inspired me. She went from being unemployed for over 1 year (YIKES!) to having a full time gig, part time gig AND a volunteer position while parenting her 10 year old bi-weekly. Next to her, I look like a slacker. There is no real reason I can’t work another job. My weekends are generally available.

So tomorrow I am going to drop off my resume at some stores in the neighbourhood. Hopefully someone will bite.

Getting back on track

Not sure what is going on with me, but I fell off the exercise wagon hard this week. Motivation was severely lacking. Morning workouts are rare, but usually I can get it together in the evening. Or convince a friend to go for a walk with me. I didn’t even make an attempt to get support.

Today I will start back slowly, by taking a walk to the library. I will go the long way.

Last Wednesday, I went to visit my Aunt and she gifted me her Vitamix blender. Very similar to this one.

Vitamix

I swear it might be one of the original models. LOL I haven’t tried it out yet. In my mind, I will be starting my days with smoothies … as soon as I get ingredients to blend.

Since exercise is not consistently calling my name I am going to try a more plant based diet to see if that will aid in my semi-forgotten dream of weight loss.

I will be diving into this lifestyle change with increased focus after my trip to Maryland. 😉

 

Small advances

For the first time in at least 5 years I did a morning work out and you know what? It didn’t kill me. And this was with my late bed time and early morning wake up, a total of about 4 hours sleep.

I’m beat but I am glad I knocked it out this morning as I was beyond tired when I got home. Although habit had me putting on my workout clothes when I came home from work. lol

From the weekend’s list of things to do, I managed to empty out both bathroom cabinets, donate 2 bags of stuff and take the 2 boxes of CDs that have been sitting in a corner to the used CD store to sell. They pretty much gave me back 2 boxes as they only took 45 CDs. Which netted me $80! Not bad for crap that was collecting dust in my dining room.

The next thing to figure out if I am going to try to take the rest to another store or just donate them. Any thoughts?